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Homemade All-Natural Electrolyte Drink

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Skip the artificially-colored and artificially-flavored sports drinks, and instead make your own Homemade All-Natural Electrolyte Drink using ingredients I know you already have in your kitchen. It’s cheaper, better for you, and way tastier!

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We all know that being active is good for us. But did you know that it’s not just the movement that makes your body happy? Just the simple act of sweating is wonderful for you! Sweating is one of the body’s natural detoxification pathways.

While our liver and kidneys do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to detoxification, sweat also helps get out all the stuff that shouldn’t be kicking around in our body. This is why I recommend people skip antiperspirants and instead stick to just deodorant—sweat is good, kids! For generations, cultures across the globe have used saunas, sweat lodges, and steam baths to help keep them healthy—and you should, too!

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But when you are sweating, toxins aren’t the only things escaping your pores–water and electrolytes are too, and they are two things your body needs to keep on keepin’ on. So what’s the solution? Well, if you’re a professional athlete, you’ll probably pound back a cup filled with artificially-colored, artificially-flavored sports drink from an orange cooler.

But I am not a professional athlete, and I would honestly much prefer to restock my body using all-natural goodies. So I make my own electrolyte drink at home using ingredients I always have in stock!

Woman in a turquoise sports bra smiling and holding a glass jar of Homemade All-Natural Electrolyte Drink

The one speciality item you’ll see in the list below is liquid trace minerals drops. These are absolutely not necessary to making the drink, but they are something that I think are handy to have around—especially if you filter your water. By filtering your water (which I highly recommend if you are on city water—this is the filter we use), you remove a lot of the beneficial minerals that our bodies need to function. A few drops of the liquid trace minerals help to replenish those minerals. Don’t have it or don’t want to buy the trace minerals? No problem. The sea salt in the recipe goes a long way to helping your body recover!

This recipe mixes up to make one quart, and it is so incredibly tasty. It just absolutely hits the spot after a good workout (especially if it happens to be hot outside). I use a wide-mouth quart Mason jar when I make up my batch, but if you need something less prone to breaking (say you want to carry this with you on a long run), any water bottle will work! Enjoy.

Homemade All-Natural Electrolyte Drink

Homemade All-Natural Electrolyte Drink

Yield: 1 quart
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Skip the artificially-colored and artificially-flavored sports drinks, and instead make your own Homemade All-Natural Electrolyte Drink using ingredients I know you already have in your kitchen. It's cheaper, better for you, and way tastier!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 20 drops liquid trace minerals (optional, but is a great way to make sure you're replenishing your body's minerals)
  • 2 cups cold, filtered water
  • Ice

Instructions

Add the maple syrup, salt, lemon juice, lime juice, liquid trace minerals (if using), and water into a one-quart jar or glass. Stir to combine. Fill the glass with ice and enjoy!

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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22 Responses
  1. Melissa B.

    I will be trying this too, but I think I’m going to use agave nectar instead of the sugar. As much as I hate to say it, sugar and I just don’t get along these days 🙁

    1. Agave should work fine, because it has a lot of fructose and sucrose in it. I would just avoid any of the “zero-calorie” sweeteners, because you definitely WANT the calories and sugar in your blood stream.

    1. Mine is pretty much exactly the same as Emily’s, just different juices. You could probably use any juice to flavor it. I just find the citrus-y juices more palatable when I’m running.

  2. I just started making my own energy bars for post-workout, but this is a great idea for during workouts. I have a 2.5 gym session today–I wish I’d known about this about 15 hours ago so I could have made this last night!!!

  3. Jordan

    This is so good!! Better than actual Gatorade without all the bad stuff! I made with four tablespoons of lime juice because I didn’t have lemon juice.

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